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Drive-In Dust Offs: Wolfen (1981)

1981 was the Year of the Werewolf in horror; An American Werewolf in London and The Howling were easily the leaders of this particular pack, with Larry Cohen’s comedy Full Moon High offering up another unique monster spin. There was one other film that put its own twist on lycanthropy, and that’s Michael Wadleigh’s Wolfen, laden with social commentary writ large in place of silver bullets and gypsy fortune tellers. And it’s all the better for it.

Released Stateside in July by Orion Pictures, Wolfen (based on the novel by Whitley Strieber) only returned $10 million on its $17 million budget; critics however were very kind, unlike audiences who probably were expecting more traditional tropes for a trip to the movies. This is not that film; a measured pace and a heightened sense of intent set it apart from the others. (Plus the antagonists are shape shifting wolves, but
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Underground Film Screening: Austin, September 23, 1966

From the Austin Daily Texan, September 22, 1966

Film-Makers’ Co-Op Shows ‘The Wild One

The Gulf Coast Film-Makers’ Co-Op, an off campus student organization, will inaugurate its Film Factory at 8 p.m., Friday.

Founded to encourage student film-making, Film-Makers’ Co-Op is a result of interest among university students for a place to show and make films. Spokesmen cite the fact that at present there isn’t any University course for the beginning student who wants to make creative films, and of the two courses devoted to film on campus, both are oriented for radio and TV majors.

The Group has received support from the New American Cinema groups on both east and west coasts. Independent film-makers like Bruce Baillie and Robert Nelson from California have provided films for the first program. In New York, Pop Artist Andy Warhol will provide his newest film, “Camp” with Baby Jane Holzer and Jack Smith, for
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‘Hunters’ Canceled After One Season At Syfy

Hunters, the Syfy series executive produced by The Walking Dead‘s Gale Anne Hurd, has been canceled after a single season. The finale of the 13-episode season will air Monday night. The series, based on Whitley Strieber's bestselling 2013 novel Alien Hunter, premiered April 11 and starred Nathan Phillips, Britne Oldford and Julian McMahon. Written by Natalie Chaidez (Heroes), the harsh series chronicled the disappearance of a decorated Philadelphia cop's wife, which leads…
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‘Hunters’ Canceled by Syfy After One Season

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‘Hunters’ Canceled by Syfy After One Season
Hunters” has been canceled by Syfy after one season, TheWrap has learned. The adaptation of Whitley Strieber‘s novel “Alien Hunter” starred Nathan Phillips and Britne Oldford and hailed from “The Walking Dead” producer Gale Anne Hurd. Its 13-episode run will conclude on Monday, July 11. “Hunters” was ordered straight-to-series in 2013 but has suffered low ratings since its April premiere. Also Read: NBCUniversal Lays Off Staffers at USA Network, Syfy The series followed Phillips’ (“Wolf Creek”) Baltimore FBI agent, whose search for his missing wife led him to a highly classified government organization — the Exo-Terrorism Unit (Etu) — who track and fight alien.
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‘Hunters’ Cancelled by Syfy After One Season

‘Hunters’ Cancelled by Syfy After One Season
Syfy has cancelled drama series “Hunters” after one 13-episode season, Variety has confirmed.

The series, about government agents fighting a secret cell of alien terrorists, garnered low ratings and poor reviews over its brief run. Writing for Variety in April, Brian Lowry called the series premiere “utterly generic, conceptually cynical and instantly forgettable.” He added that the show “feels completely disposable, having likely found its way to Syfy because this shot-in-Australia drama was a relative bargain. Let’s hope so, anyway, because there’s nothing in the first couple of hours that warrants seeking it out.”

Produced by Universal Cable Productions, “Hunters” was one of several recent new dramas that were part of renewed push by Syfy into scripted science fiction programming. But the show failed to catch the same traction as series such as “12 Monkeys,” “The Magicians” and “The Expanse,” all of which earned renewals this year.

Hunters” was executive produced by Natalie Chaidez, Gale Anne Hurd
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‘Hunters’ Producers Talk Avoiding Sci-Fi Cliches in Their New Alien Drama

‘Hunters’ Producers Talk Avoiding Sci-Fi Cliches in Their New Alien Drama
Following the success of “The Magicians” and “The Expanse,” Syfy’s “Hunters” is the network’s latest high-concept literary adaptation, based on the bestselling novel “Alien Hunter” by Whitley Strieber. Executive produced by “The Walking Dead’s” Gale Anne Hurd and “12 Monkeys” Ep Natalie Chaidez (who serves as showrunner), the series centers around a decorated FBI agent who is drawn into the orbit of a secret government agency — the Exo-Terrorism Unit — assembled to track down a group of ruthless terrorists called “Hunters” who do not come from this world. The series stars Nathan Phillips as Flynn, the FBI agent in search of his missing wife, and Britne Oldford as Etu operative Allison Regan, who’s hiding secrets of her own.

At SXSW, Variety sat down with Hurd, Chaidez and Oldford to discuss how the genre show aims to avoid some of sci-fi storytelling’s most overused tropes, their dedication to diverse hiring,
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In Syfy’s Hunters, Gale Anne Hurd wants to make aliens scary again — and she succeeds

Among her many feature film and television credits, Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead) seems to return time and again to the sci-fi and horror genres, and especially to aliens. Hurd notably collaborated with James Cameron to bring to life the nightmarish alien queen of Aliens (1986), and she thinks it’s time to make aliens scary again. That’s part of her stated goal as an executive producer of Syfy’s new series Hunters. Inspired by Whitley Strieber’s novel Alien Hunter, the series, featuring Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck), follows a highly classified government organization known as the Exo-Terrorism Unit, which tracks and fights … Continue reading →

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Tonight: Syfy Premieres New Alien Terrorist Series, 'Hunters'

Tonight: Syfy Premieres New Alien Terrorist Series, 'Hunters'
Tonight, Syfy premieres the first season of "Hunters" it's new fantastical procedural thriller produced by Universal Cable Productions (in association with Valhalla Entertainment and Atlas Entertainment, respectively). Britne Oldford ("American Horror Story") plays the female lead in the 13-episode loose adaptation of Whitley Strieber’s best-selling novel "Alien Hunter," which tells the story of a brilliant police detective's obsessive investigation into the mysterious disappearance of his wife, which he eventually concludes wasn't at all voluntary, even though it initially appears that way. Somebody is taking people and making it look like they walked out on their own. As the detective gets closer to the truth, his work comes to the attention of a Special Agent, a member of the most secret police unit on the planet, tasked with seeking out the most brilliant and lethal criminals, but from another world - alien terrorists. The Special...

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Tonight: Syfy Premieres New Alien Terrorist Series, 'Hunters'

Tonight, Syfy premieres the first season of "Hunters" it's new fantastical procedural thriller produced by Universal Cable Productions (in association with Valhalla Entertainment and Atlas Entertainment, respectively). Britne Oldford ("American Horror Story") plays the female lead in the 13-episode loose adaptation of Whitley Strieber’s best-selling novel "Alien Hunter," which tells the story of a brilliant police detective's obsessive investigation into the mysterious disappearance of his wife, which he eventually concludes wasn't at all voluntary, even though it initially appears that way. Somebody is taking people and making it look like they...
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Interview: Gale Anne Hurd, Natalie Chaidez and Britne Oldford Discuss Their New Syfy Series, Hunters

Debuting on the Syfy this Monday, April 11th is Hunters, the newest genre series from executive producers Gale Anne Hurd and Natalie Chaidez that focuses on a highly classified government organization known as the Exo-Terrorism Unit (Etu), which tracks down and fights alien terrorists. The new series is based on Whitley Strieber’s acclaimed science fiction novel Alien Hunter and stars Nathan Phillips (Wolf Creek), Britne Oldford (American Horror Story), and Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck).

Recently, Daily Dead sat down with Hurd, Chaidez and Oldford to discuss what fans can expect from Hunters, the challenges that came along with adapting the material for television, how Hunters reflects the current political landscape, and much more. Read on for our interview with the trio and be sure to check out Hunters when it premieres on Syfy on April 11th at 10:00pm Est / 9:00pm Cst.

How did this project get developed
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Hunters Season 1 Review

Two episodes were provided prior to broadcast.

If the advertisements for Syfy’s new series Hunters were promising in their silly mish-mash of modern-day terrorism and B-movie monsters, it might not have been exactly because of the premise itself. In retrospect, Hunters piqued my interest because of the quality turn-around the network took with the largely solid first seasons of The Expanse and The Magicians.

I saw a commercial for Hunters during a particularly fun episode of the latter and, I admit, my enthusiasm for the network’s attempted return to Battlestar Galactica-level TV made me ready to consume everything on offer.

The problem with Hunters, then, is a tragically awkward disconnect between a silly premise (alien terrorists) and aggressively dour tone, one that’s only exacerbated by particularly lame world-building. It’s got the case-of-the-week camp vibe of the Warehouse 13 era, but showrunner Natalie Chaidez overly course-corrects
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Alien "Hunters"

Take a look @ footage from "Hunters", the upcoming Australian-produced science fiction TV drama series, from Valhalla Entertainment and Universal Cable Productions, based on author Whitley Strieber's novel "Alien Hunter", debuting the first of 13 episodes April 11, 2016 on Syfy:

Cast includes Nathan Phillips as 'Flynn Carroll' and Britne Oldford as 'Allison Regan', for executive producers Gale Anne Hurd ("The Walking Dead"), Natalie Chaidez ("12 Monkeys") and Emile Levisetti.

"...'Flynn Carroll' is a former soldier turned FBI agent whose recent struggles with 'Ptsd' take a surreal turn when his wife 'Abby' is kidnapped and he's recruited by the 'Exo-Terrorism Unit' ('Etu'), an organization dedicated to taking down a race of aliens known as 'Hunters'..."

"...'Allison Regan' is the most valuable operative of the Exo-Terrorism Unit (Etu). Tough, authoritative, decisive. She's the person you want to have your back in a fight. Maybe the reason why she's so good at
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Poster and images from Syfy’s alien conspiracy series Hunters

Ahead of its premiere next month, Syfy has released a poster and a batch of images from the upcoming alien conspiracy series Hunters; take a look below…

See Also: Watch the trailer for Hunters

From executive producers Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead, The Terminator trilogy) and Natalie Chaidez (12 Monkeys, Heroes), Hunters is inspired by Whitley Strieber’s best-selling novel, Alien Hunter, in which the disappearance of a decorated FBI agent’s wife leads him to a secret government unit assembled to hunt a group of ruthless terrorists – shadowy figures that may or may not be from this world.

The series stars Nathan Phillips (Wolf Creek) as Flynn, a headstrong Baltimore FBI agent with a dark past trying to piece together the disappearance of his wife. Britne Oldford (American Horror Story) will play Regan, who is one of the government’s most valuable operatives and may be keeping secrets of her own.
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Review: "Day 6" (2009) DVD Release From One 7 Movies

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By Todd Garbarini

Varo Venturi's Day 6 is another genre outing that has made its rounds under different titles: Alien Exorcism (U.S.), Alien Encounter (U.K.), 5 Giorni Sulla Terra (Italy), Eirian-Baasasu-Ekusoshituto (Japan), and 6 Days on Earth. Now out on DVD from One 7 Movies, Day 6 introduces a story that is intriguing but tests the audiences' patience by inundating them with so much information that it becomes a bit much to follow. Although spoken (and apparently also dubbed) in English, there are no subtitles, and their absence is heavily felt. In a nutshell, the film is a fair attempt of mixing aliens with evil spirits. Dr. Davide Piso (Massimo Poggio) is a scientist who has dedicated his life's work to the study of alien abductions. You would think that he would have taken notes from Whitley Strieber's 1987 book on the subject, Communion, as he speaks with and studies people who claim to have been abducted.
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Syfy’s alien conspiracy series Hunters gets a trailer

Syfy has released a trailer for the upcoming alien conspiracy series Hunters which stars Julian McMahon, Britne Oldford and Nathan Phillips; take a look below after the official synopsis…

From executive producers Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead, The Terminator trilogy) and Natalie Chaidez (12 Monkeys, Heroes), Hunters is inspired by Whitley Strieber’s best-selling novel, Alien Hunter, in which the disappearance of a decorated FBI agent’s wife leads him to a secret government unit assembled to hunt a group of ruthless terrorists – shadowy figures that may or may not be from this world.

The series stars Nathan Phillips (Wolf Creek) as Flynn, a headstrong Baltimore FBI agent with a dark past trying to piece together the disappearance of his wife. Britne Oldford (American Horror Story) will play Regan, who is one of the government’s most valuable operatives and may be keeping secrets of her own. Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck) portrays McCarthy,
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Syfy Announces Premiere Dates for New Alien Terrorist Series, 'Hunters' + New Trailer

Syfy Announces Premiere Dates for New Alien Terrorist Series, 'Hunters' + New Trailer
Syfy has announced the premiere date for the first season of "Hunters" it's new thriller produced by Universal Cable Productions (in association with Valhalla Entertainment and Atlas Entertainment, respectively). Britne Oldford ("American Horror Story") plays the female lead in the 13-episode loose adaptation of Whitley Strieber’s best-selling novel "Alien Hunter," which tells the story of a brilliant police detective's obsessive investigation into the mysterious disappearance of his wife, which he eventually concludes wasn't at all voluntary, even though it initially appears that way. Somebody is taking people and making it look like they walked out on their own. As the detective gets closer to the truth, his work comes to the attention of a Special Agent, a member of the most secret police unit on the planet, tasked with seeking out the most brilliant and lethal criminals, but from another world - alien terrorists. The Special Agent...

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Syfy Announces Premiere Dates for New Alien Terrorist Series, 'Hunters' + New Trailer

Syfy has announced the premiere date for the first season of "Hunters" it's new thriller produced by Universal Cable Productions (in association with Valhalla Entertainment and Atlas Entertainment, respectively). Britne Oldford ("American Horror Story") plays the female lead in the 13-episode loose adaptation of Whitley Strieber’s best-selling novel "Alien Hunter," which tells the story of a brilliant police detective's obsessive investigation into the mysterious disappearance of his wife, which he eventually concludes wasn't at all voluntary, even though it initially appears that way. Somebody is taking people and making it look like they walked out...
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Syfy’s First ‘Hunters’ Trailer: Big Guns, Alien Terrorists (Video)

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Syfy’s First ‘Hunters’ Trailer: Big Guns, Alien Terrorists (Video)
Syfy debuted the first trailer for the series “Hunters” on Thursday, giving a first look at Nathan Phillips as the alien-hunting FBI agent Flynn Carroll. The 13-episode sci-fi thriller is set to premiere on April 11. The series, based on Whitley Strieber‘s best-selling novel “Alien Hunter” follows Phillips’ (“Wolf Creek”) Baltimore FBI agent, whose search for his missing wife leads him to a highly classified government organization — the Exo-Terrorism Unit (Etu) — who track and fight alien terrorists. Also read: '12 Monkeys' Season 2, 'Hunters' Premiere Dates Set The series also stars Britne Oldford (“American Horror Story”) as Regan, a valuable Etu operative.
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‘Hunters’ & ‘12 Monkeys’ Get Premiere Dates On Syfy

Syfy has announced premiere dates for its new alien drama Hunters from The Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, and returning time travel thriller 12 Monkeys. The first 13-episode season of Hunters will debut at 10 Pm Monday, April 11 and Season 2 of 12 Monkeys will follow a week later, bowing at 9 Pm Monday, April 18. Written by Natalie Chaidez (Heroes), Hunters is based on Whitley Strieber's best-selling novel Alien Hunter. It chronicles the disappearance of…
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Syfy Sets Premiere Dates for ’12 Monkeys,’ Freshman Drama ‘Hunters’

Syfy Sets Premiere Dates for ’12 Monkeys,’ Freshman Drama ‘Hunters’
Syfy has announced premiere dates for two dramas, newcomer “Hunters” and sophomore “12 Monkeys,” which will bow on back-to-back weeks in April.

Hunters,” a thriller that revolves around a highly classified government organization that tracks and fights alien terrorists, will premiere Monday, April 11 at 10 p.m. The series is from executive producers Gale Anne Hurd, Natalie Chaidez (who will also serve as showrunner) and Emile Levisetti, and is inspired by best-selling author Whitley Strieber’s novel, “Alien Hunter.”

Nathan Phillips stars as Baltimore FBI agent Flynn Carroll, whose wife goes missing. Britne Oldford plays Regan, a valuable operative of the Exo-Terrorism Unit who keeps secrets of her own. The series also stars Julian McMahon as McCarthy, a dangerously unhinged terrorist.

The time-travel drama “12 Monkeys” kicks off its 13-episode second season on Monday, April 18 at 9 p.m., serving as the lead-in to “Hunters.” Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Kirk Acevedo, Emily Hampshire, Barbara Sukowa
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